How To Use Elements In Canva

Whether you are an experienced designer or a novice looking to enhance your social media graphics, Canva provides an extremely user-friendly platform with a comprehensive set of tools. One of its notable features is the option to utilize ‘Elements’. In this blog post, we will walk you through the steps of using elements in Canva to elevate your designs.

What are Elements in Canva?

Elements in Canva refer to a wide array of shapes, lines, illustrations, stickers, and much more that you can incorporate into your designs. They allow you to add more personality and creativity to your work.

How to Access Elements in Canva

To access elements, follow these steps:

  1. Launch Canva and open a new or existing project.
  2. On the left-hand side of the Canva window, click on the ‘Elements’ tab.
  3. Scroll through the selections or use the search bar to find specific elements.

How to Use Elements in Canva

Using elements in your Canva designs is as simple as drag-and-drop. Click on the element you want to use and drag it to your desired location on the canvas. You can resize, rotate, and recolor most elements to suit your design.

Note: Some elements come with additional customization options. For instance, you have the ability to change the thickness of lines, fill color of shapes, or even the opacity level of certain elements.

Adding Multiple Elements

You can add as many elements as you wish to your design. Simply repeat the drag-and-drop process. Canva also allows you to layer elements over each other by adjusting the position of an element forward or backward.

Here’s how you can adjust the position of an element:

  1. Select the element.
  2. Click on the ‘Position’ button at the top of the screen.
  3. Select ‘Forward’ or ‘Backward’ to adjust the layer of the element.

Grouping Elements

Grouping elements is a handy feature when you’re working with multiple elements. This feature allows you to move, resize, and rotate multiple elements as if they were one object.

To group elements together, follow these steps:

  1. Select the elements that you want to group. You can do this by clicking and dragging your cursor to create a selection box, or hold down the Shift key while clicking on each element.
  2. Once you have selected all the elements, right click and select ‘Group’ from the dropdown menu.


Using elements in Canva is a fantastic way to add more depth and creativity to your designs. Now that you’ve learned how to use this feature effectively, you can start incorporating these elements into your designs and enjoy creating stunning visuals.